Besides San Francisco, Sprint LTE found wandering in parts of Florida, New York and Washington D.C.
Rather than deploy a site, test the equipment and then turn it off until we launch, we are leaving the sites on and customers are welcome to use the Sprint 4G LTE network wherever they find it." And using the coverage map on Sprint's web site, Sprint customers can determine where there is an LTE signal. Sprint says that it is slightly behind its goal of near-nationwide coverage by the end of the year, but should reach 250 million POPs by early 2014.
There are some new areas that are getting lit up. Areas of New York City, Washington D.C. and Florida (Jacksonville, Tampa and Miami) are now showing LTE coverage, although without contiguous coverage, none of it is official.
source: TheVerge via Engadget
1. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Wow those LTE speed are a joke, I constantly pull 22 mbps on my note II from t-mobile in a market that only has 200k pops, dang
3. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3639; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
7 mbps is a lot better than what many subscribers are pulling right now.
6. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
That's sadly true, sprint people usually get .8 mbps in average, if they're lucky, where I live, which is sad because Verizon already rolled out LTE here, t-mobile has super fast hspa+ 42mbps while at&t has their hspa+ 14mbps which makes it the second slowest
17. lsutigers (Posts: 739; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
BTW, just because Tmobile has 42 HSPA and AT&T has 14 HSPA doesn't mean you actually see those speeds, their average speeds are actually very far from that.
19. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
No junk Sherlock, it's theoretical, just like LTE, the theoretical speed is 100 mbps but will a sprint customer reach that? A cold day in Hell before that happens
15. lsutigers (Posts: 739; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
Well that's probably your peak speed and anybody can say their speeds are faster on another carrier. In my area, the few people I know with Tmobile get around 4mbps on average but I have seen it peak around 13mbps. I have both Sprint and Verizon and my Verizon phone used to get peak speeds of 20-40mbps when the network was first launched and now I usually get 6-12mbps on average. On Sprint's new network I see peak speeds of 25-35mbps and average about 13-17mbps.
The reality is that once you get over 2-3mbps on a smartphone, it's not very useful, unless you are downloading a huge file. 2-3mbps is more than enough to watch HD video and do just about anything else on a mobile device.
20. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
That's just average, the highest one I had was 35mbpds one day at night, and for a market my size that's impressive, and no it isn't enough, I guess it is if you are watching a low video quality, but to play a netflix movie without it buffering in hd you need at least 6 mbps
2. tuminatr (Posts: 682; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)
its because sprint is using a 5mhz band verizon uses 10mhz just wait untel they either use the clearwire spectrum 150mhz and or the nextel spectrum 30mhz it will be mega fast. so for sprint this is more about the future than right now. Also I live in a LTE market for them and speeds have been all overt the board from 7mbps to 38mbps
8. threeline (Posts: 257; Member since: 11 Sep 2011)
As a sprint customer, not for long I might add, it's always wait for this and wait for that and our network will be blazing fast. I'm tired of waiting just to see nothing change, sprint is so full of it! We waited for WiMax and it never got off the ground and it sucked in the few areas it did cover. I don't care how many top of the line phones they get the network plain sucks. After 12yrs, its time to move on.
11. LordDavon (Posts: 107; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)
I've been with Sprint for almost 9 years, and I agree; I'm done waiting! I almost left for T-mobile a few months back, but there are 2 iPhone fans on my plan, and for a small period T-mobile dropped unlimited. Well, T-mobile is getting the iPhone soon, and unlimited again, so I'm leaving soon!
Sprint's customer service is full of rude and cocky people, which bash other networks... but can't explain to me why my bill keeps going up. See ya Sprint!
12. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 880; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)
I am glad to be in NYC, because LTE is close to launching and I personally have recieved speed test best of 21.5 down and 5.6 up. Most areas I get 2-3mb. I feel by summer coverage will be worth my wait. Go ahead leave if you are not in an area that has coverage and feel slighted.
13. archangel9 (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
Exactly why I left. Their 3g is a joke as well as their LTE. With TMobile now and the HSPA+42 is amazing w/UNLIMITED NW 4g and free WiFi calls. Make sure to get the Value plan.2 of my associates has left Sprint altogether and have Tmobile .NO COMPLAINTS
14. pslee (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
you have the exact same experience. i almost dropped sprint but sprint reps worked so hard to convince me that their LTE will be awesome and it is coming soon. i am still waiting to see 4g on my phone in NYC but my patients is running out fast.
4. tiburonpineda (Posts: 39; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
thanks to Sprint my galaxy s3 is like a turtle :( im about to switch to US cellular is way better and faster here in yakima valley WA
7. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
Not faster than t-mobile, and for 20 $ a month you get all you can eat data
5. yyuu1000 (Posts: 152; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)
i get 22down and 5 up in LA using tmobile on nexus 4]\
9. suneeboy (Posts: 165; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)
I'm in NYC and get those speeds on prepaid Straight Talk (6-7 down, 1-3 up) Glad I left Sprint.
10. PAPINYC (Posts: 2305; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Yes, and like in San Francisco, homeless people can also be found wandering in parts of Florida, New York and Washington D.C. and the output is always the same: stagnation. Congratulations Sprint on your stagnant and analogous existence.
18. Bernoulli (Posts: 1451; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)
I usually don't agree with you, but this is the only exception
16. lsutigers (Posts: 739; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
35 mbps down and 5 up in FL on Verizon.
32 mbps down and 5 up in FL on Sprint.
21. idget500 (Posts: 14; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
Just tested some 4G LTE in Midland, MI 10.6Mbs down and 6.6Mbs up. Not the fastest, but who really needs any faster.